An official at
ATK Armament Systems said six people were
injured. One person had to be taken by air ambulance to a
A statement from the company said the incident happened in a
construction area. A worker at the plant told NBC Action News it
was where they load the powder into the bullets.
The company said it could not comment on the extent of the
The incident is being investigated by the United States Army,
ATK safety teams and local authorities.
The entire building was shut down Tuesday night and was to
remain closed until at least through Wednesday's day shift,
according to a worker at the plant.
ATK Armament Systems is the world's largest manufacturer of
military ammunition and integrated medium-caliber gun
systems. It is one of
four business structures operating under the
company name ATK. A second ATK Armament Systems plant in
Radford, Virginia produces rocket and gun propellants and other
The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant was built in the 1940s; the
plant still produces various rounds for the military. The plant has
the capacity to produce 1.4 billion rounds of small-caliber